October 3, 1986 |
There is growing evidence that the damaged nuclear power plant at Chernobyl and others like it in the Soviet Union have been used for both civilian and military purposes. According to unofficial Soviet sources and Western nuclear officials, the Soviet military has a direct role in managing at least some of the 14 remaining reactors of the same design as the unit that exploded and burned at Chernobyl last April 26.
July 30, 1989
Soviet scientists say 106,000 people should be evacuated from their villages in Byelorussia due to contamination from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, not 11,000 as the government recommends, the news agency Tass said. The cost of such a large resettlement would reach $15.6 billion, well beyond the financial capabilities of the republic just north of the power plant, which is in the Ukraine, the Byelorussian republic's legislature was told. The estimate exceeds the $12.
July 24, 1986 |
A huge construction project is under way so that more than 25,000 families evacuated from around the devastated Chernobyl nuclear reactor can be given new homes elsewhere by fall, the newspaper Pravda reported Wednesday. The Communist Party daily paper also said that a new settlement for 10,000 Chernobyl workers is being built outside the evacuation zone.
June 16, 1986 |
Chernobyl's children remember. Natasha Zheryubkina, 9, remembers "a kind of smoke" in the air and that the town "smelled of burning." Misha Telyatnikov, 10, remembers his mother rousing him and his brother, Oleg, 12, at 3:30 a.m. and telling them they were going to Kiev. "She didn't tell us why." It was Saturday, April 26, the day of the Chernobyl nuclear accident that has so far claimed 26 lives. The children were in their homes in Pripyat, two miles from the Chernobyl plant, when the No.
May 25, 1986 |
The U.S. Embassy on Saturday cautioned Americans living here that pregnant women and children should not drink local milk because a recent sample showed above-normal levels of radioactivity from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, in which the death toll reportedly has risen to 17. The latest figure on fatalities came from a spokesman for the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, according to a report by United Press International.
May 2, 1986 |
Construction at the Soviet Union's ill-fated Chernobyl nuclear plant has been plagued for years by low morale, poor workmanship, persistent shortages of construction materials and deficiencies in quality control, according to an article published recently on the front page of an official Ukrainian newspaper. The article, a copy of which was obtained Thursday by The Times, raised the issues because of what its author, Liubov Kovalevska, called concern for safety.